Last month, T-Mobile announced the crazy-low “I can’t believe that’s for a smartphone” price for the Nokia Lumia 521, which is selling for a mere $150, free of contractual obligation. At the time, we got the scoop on early HSN sales, as well as the phone’s eventual arrival at Walmart and Microsoft retail stores. That was exciting news, but it wasn’t quite the whole story of the 521’s launch. Today we fill in a few missing bits, as availability of the 521 really starts taking off.
We already knew Microsoft was getting the 521 on May 11, but since then the phone’s pricing has become available online, revealing that Walmart’s undercutting the already-low $150 down to just $130.
What about T-Mobile itself? The biggest detail that’s been missing has been when the carrier intends to offer the 521 in its own stores. It turns out they’ll be getting the smartphone on May 22. While $150 out-of-pocket isn’t much at all, if you’d rather stretch things out on the carrier’s installment plan, that will be an option, too. Users taking advantage of the T-Mobile EIP will pay just $30 upfront for the 521, while contributing $5 a month for the next two years to pay off the balance.